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One Evening Doing Chores

16 Apr

My chores are kind of getting easier with the nice weather and grass growing. I am still trying to give everyone some grain though, and there’s always water and hay for the ones who are shut in. One evening I actually had my phone while I did chores, so you get to see some of what goes on during chores.

Stormy, Moose, Haley, Bronc

For the big goats, it’s all about the grain. Some goats might be giant bullies and have to be threatened with getting sold if they keep picking on the girls. Yes, I am talking about Moose, but he is also a great big brother. He always has Uno tagging along, and he will even share grain with him. It just blows my mind.

Uno and Moose

For the littles, it’s all about nursing. Some poor moms can’t even get a break from feeding their kids while they are eating grain. Other kids take advantage of Grandmaa being busy eating to sneak a snack.

Blaze with grandkid Brutus nursing (Reva to the right)

Other kids just think it’s a fun time to play and run wild while their moms are eating and not paying attention to what they are doing.

While the moms eat, the kids will play.

Astra’s kids were quick to discover how yummy the sweet lick mineral bucket is.

Joker, Jester, and Avril

This is also evidence the Chiffon still does whatever she wants.

Chiffon

Did I say Chiffon? I meant Marge AND Chiffon. Brats.

Chiffon and Marge

I also have to make sure my buckets have clean water. They are not quite big enough to drink from the cattle tank yet, and so I have several buckets out for them.

Milo, Trace, Addie, and Bronc

I also have to gather eggs every day. This particular day, I got six eggs from the seven hens.

Overall it’s not too bad spending time out there with everyone when the weather is good and the days are getting longer. Unfortunately, we’ve gotten colder again. I’m looking forward to more of these nice evenings soon.

Third Week In a Row

2 Mar

For the last three weekends, we’ve had amazing weather!  It’s been perfect for the herd to go out to pasture and enjoy themselves.

The herd

Actually, with most all of the snow melting, they are going to pasture pretty much every day.  Although, Uno is such a wimp he thinks he still needs the heat lamp at night.

Bubbles, Uno, Maisie, Odie

With them spending so much time in pasture, that means they are mostly feeding themselves again.

Venus

That’s really good news since I have to work late all this week with parent-teacher conferences.

Pistol

Even without conferences, I enjoy not having to feed full hay.  They enjoy not being stuck in the barnyard too.

Chores When It’s Really Cold

21 Jan

The really cold (but not quite stupid cold) weather we are having right now adds another level of challenging to doing chores.   Part of that is because the animals went from pretty mild temperatures to really cold temperatures.  They have to have time to adjust, and they didn’t get that.  Even Odie is acting a bit cold.

Odie

I worry about Wanda with her fur not completely grown back.  The greenhouse is a bit warmer for her than the main barn.  (The hazy look is my breath steaming.)

Wanda and Aphrodite (and Athena’s body)

Caroline is her typical brat.  Not even the cold can change that.  You’ll notice Anubis on the shelf below her because Zeus is still kind of pushy.

Caroline (Anubis below and Zeus’s back)

I’m glad it did this over a weekend when I was home to check everyone more frequently.  I’m also giving them an extra feeding of hay.  This would be easier if we hadn’t had the ice that froze my door down.  At least I can open the top and throw my bale of hay out and then climb over.  It’s just another level of fun.  Although, I have gotten it chipped away so I can open it enough for me to sneak through now.

Moose

This extra feeding helps me check on everyone.  If someone is not getting up to eat or is just standing there shivering and not eating, they need to be moved.

Cupid and Cutie

That’s why Stormy got moved to the garage on Saturday.  She was lying in the barn shivering, refused to get up and wouldn’t eat when I put hay right in front of her.  She’s doing much better now.

Stormy

Sunday, Dolly joined them.  I have a couple more old ladies and the young kids that I’m keeping a close eye on.

Antigone and Dolly (Pistol across the front)

The front door to my garage is also frozen shut, so I have to carry hay through the milk/soap rooms, or I can climb the fence and go through the buck room.

Xerxes and Hilda (the door that will open between them)

Poor Xerxes still is the biggest chicken on the farm, but he’s also hoping I bring him lots of grain.

I’ve also been breaking the ice off my cattle tank.

Penny

The heater is working, but it is warm and the steam freezes, and it just keeps freezing until it’s completely iced over.

Luckily, the cold is supposed to break tomorrow, and I can put my old ladies back out of the garage.  Of course, with the warmer temperatures comes the threat of more rain, ice, and snow.